This year’s trade deadline is dramatically different from years past. The shortened season has given teams less room for error. One losing streak or winning streak can be the difference between winning the division or missing the playoffs.
Parity is clearly visible in the NHL. Across the league, only five teams are more than four points out of a playoff spot. With so many teams still in the playoff hunt, it’s hard to determine who’ll be buying or selling at the deadline. Over the few remaining games, wins and losses will certainly be the determining factor as to who becomes available and who actually moves.
For the Rangers, their biggest needs—aside from improved play from their current roster—are
- A gritty winger to help on the forecheck and bang along the boards.
- A third/fourth-line center, either to push Boyle down to the fourth line or to complement him in a defensive/shutdown role.
- Additional depth on the blue line.
Here are some of the players the Rangers should be considering, if available.